Just because there’s no snow on the ground doesn’t mean you can’t get ready for ski season. Here are six Autumn-inspired activities that will help transform you into a black-diamond crushing, powder pushing, ski-hill champion:
Cross Country Roller Skis
Roller skis might not win you any style points but training-wise, this nifty little invention is second best to the real thing. Though the wheels provide a slightly different glide compared to traditional snow skis, these urbanized cross country skis will will enable you to get out and practice some technique, balance, and touch before hitting the slopes or long trails. Put some time in with this, watch the video, and get over those first-run humps before the snow falls.
The all around training activity, running will get you in the shape you need to fly down the slopes. For a good ski season, you’ll want sturdy-as-a-tree-trunk thighs, enough cardio-vascular strength to blow out your grandma’s 90th birthday candles, and core strength that you could iron your clothes wrinkle free with. Strap on those running shoes and achieve all of this before your first ski lift.
More legs! While the roads and trails are still dry, push the pedal around the crank and put some miles on the bike. Nothing will get your legs in better shape and your face ready for that brisk rush of air like a good bike ride. Going for road? Throw it in a low gear and crank away while keeping your focus on efficient use of your muscles. More of a mountain biking type? Narrow down your trail vision and get used to the total body movement and balance that any good ski run will require.
If you’re planning on spending your ski season at the local mountain, scope out the trails now that they are not covered in snow. Not only will you get a fresh perspective on some of your favorite runs, but you’ll get a taste of the steepness and altitude you’ll be facing come ski season. Do you live in the flat lands and vacation to the mountains? Start climbing stairs and breathe only through your nose to simulate appropriate altitude change.
There are a number of exercises you can do in the gym before the ski season starts. You just want to remember to focus on some key areas including legs (calves & thighs), core section, and upper body (shoulders, pecs, and biceps). Try and keep your workouts well-rounded and remember that a lean, trim body shape will suit you better then muscle mass on the ski slopes. Try some calf raises, plank variations, or a variety of shoulder exercises.
Yoga, Pilates, & Zoomba
Find any exercise that involves total body control and be ready for the hairpin turns, the tree branches that come out of nowhere, and the hoards of little skiers that inevitably will cut you off down the green slopes. Find you chi by filling your pre-season with total body control exercises and you’ll be able to respond to any obstacles the slopes send your way.